OnePlus 2 vs OnePlus 1: Worth the Upgrade?

by Martin 5

So the sequel to the widely popular OnePlus 1 has now been officially released. But are the new features and specifications of the OnePlus 2 worth letting go of the original for? We compare the specifications and features of both devices to see how big or small of an upgrade the OnePlus 2 is over the OnePlus 1.



The design of the OnePlus 2 keeps a lot of same elements of the OnePlus 1. It has kept the overall shape of the device but has added a few things including an aluminum frame around the body of the device, a USB Type-C port, a new toggle slider called the “Alert Slider” which lets users control what notifications they’d like to see, and a physical home button which also acts as the device’s fingerprint sensor.

The OnePlus 2 will also see the SwapStyle replaceable back covers that was not fully launched on the OnePlus 1. The company has made five different back covers available at launch including the original Sandstone Black that the OnePlus 2 (and the OnePlus 1) comes with as well as Kevlar, Bamboo, Rosewood, and Black Apricot.

oneplus 2 screens-12Display

OnePlus decided that the display on the OnePlus 1 was still good enough for the OnePlus 2 so they decided to keep it. Both devices feature a 5.5-inch LTPS LCD screen with a display resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The only difference between the two displays is that the OnePlus 1 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while the newer OnePlus 2 reportedly features Gorilla Glass 4. Also, the screen is reportedly brighter than before, which should improve outdoor visibility.

Processor & RAM

The OnePlus 1 was always a device that focused mainly on its internal specifications rather than its external looks and it looks like the company has kept the same mindset with the OnePlus 2. While the OnePlus 1 featured the 2014 flagship Snapdragon 801 processor, the OnePlus 2 is powered by the latest 2.1 version of the Snapdragon 810 flagship processor. The OnePlus 2 also features the newer Adreno 430 GPU compared to the Adreno 330 found on the OnePlus 1.

OnePlus has also upgraded the RAM on its second-generation flagship smartphone and put in 4GB of RAM into it. Additionally, the company is also releasing a 3GB variant of the OnePlus 2 which is the same amount of memory that was available on the OnePlus 1.

oneplus21Storage & Battery

Both the OnePlus 1 and OnePlus 2 are available in 16GB and 64GB variants but while both variants are coupled with 3GB of RAM on the OnePlus 1 the OnePlus 2’s 16GB variant will come with 3GB of RAM while the 64GB variant will be paired with 4GB of RAM.

As for their batteries, the company has upgraded the battery on the OnePlus 2 with a 3300mAh battery compared to the 3100mAh battery found on the OnePlus 1. This means the former will enjoy a longer battery life especially since it’s using the same display type and is powered by a newer processor that uses less power.


While the cameras on both devices are similar in that both feature 13-megapixel rear cameras and 5-megapixel front-facing cameras the newer OnePlus 2 comes with a set of new features including a larger 1.3-micron pixel sensor, optical image stabilization, laser autofocus, and RAW image support making its cameras, specifically the rear camera, significantly better than the ones found on the OnePlus 1.

oneplus 2 screens-7Operating System

The OnePlus 1 was famously known for being one of the few smartphones of its time to come with CyanogenMod out of the box but with the OnePlus 2 the company has decided to take a different direction and develop their own operating system for it called Oxygen OS which is based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The new operating system looks and feels closer to stock Android but has less customization that CyanogenMod but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


The OnePlus 2 is releasing at a slightly higher price than the OnePlus 1 when it released but it is still relatively more affordable and cheaper than other devices with similar specifications. The flagship variant with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage is priced at $389 while the model with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage will cost only $329.


Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 2 keeps the same mindset of flagship device with flagship specifications but at an affordable price. Even though some of the OnePlus 2’s specifications are similar to the OnePlus 1 like the display and camera, the OnePlus 2 is still definitely worthy of taking the title of “flagship killer” that the OnePlus 1 had when it was released.

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